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ESPN Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • The hours are non-traditional, resulting in not a great work-life balance because shifts can be 4a-1p or 5p-2a (in 35 reviews)

  • Some events require working long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "ESPN Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    C-Suite: Great vision for the company

    Cons

    Super cutthroat - people will pitch your job while you're in it

    Advice to Management

    More time on building a culture of teamwork


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for a leader in the industry, you learn a lot and it's great to be a part of a company that is always ahead of the curve.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people at the upper levels who have been there a while and don't want to work. They don't put a strong focus on employee development and management. They rather hire from outside than take the proper steps to grow loyal employees.

    Advice to Management

    Put a stronger focus on creating a positive work environment and employee development.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Guilty of their own success"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    Working on live sports - great energy
    Bonus
    Access to key sport events
    401k with company match
    Disney park perks

    Cons

    Responsibilities are blurred intentionally
    Too much emphasis on diversity and Moms. Has ruined the culture as Moms work 2/3 of time and it's celebrated.

    Advice to Management

    Reward ideas. Celebrate promotions and success. Make people feel a part of the team.


  4. "Producer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Producer in Bristol, CT
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with great benefits

    Cons

    Uncertain future in the TV business


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Researcher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time

    Pros

    - Working in sports is a blast. Getting paid to do what many do for free as a hobby is a true privilege. A large portion of the people you work with consider it to be a dream job.
    - It's a fast-paced and dynamic environment. No two days are the same and there's not much monotony.
    - There's freedom and opportunity to flex your creative muscles, especially on the production side. No idea is out of bounds.
    - The instant gratification of seeing your work every day broadcast on national platforms (either television or in digital space) is something not many professionals experience to the degree that we do at ESPN.
    - Pay for performance. While jobs in sports media are generally not lucrative regardless of where you work, if you do well here, they will take care of you. Annual merit increases. Generous Christmas bonuses.

    Cons

    - Working in sports means working when people watch sports... nights and weekends. It's not for everyone and certainly requires a good bit of sacrifice in terms of a life outside of work
    - Media is changing quickly and becoming more agile in the digital and social world yet many of the power brokers come from traditional cable or newspaper backgrounds.
    - Simply put, its a stressful time to work in the cable industry. Every company has layoffs yet when you work for a cable giant that's constantly in the news about declining viewership and subscribers, it does add to the stress level.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront about day-to-day challenges. Just because your workforce is relatively young, doesn't mean they aren't adults. Dodging doesn't do wonders for morale.

    With so many senior decision makers far removed in their own careers from the day-to-day aspect of many on their staff, a changing landscape often means that our bosses do not understand what it currently takes to succeed in our roles. Be more hands on when it comes to engaging in the daily tasks of your staff in order to truly comprehend how the changing landscape impacts everyone's jobs.


  6. "senior publicist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people, campus culture, community, synergy, ability to get involved with multiple and diverse depts

    Cons

    location, promotion, not best work-life balance because of location


  7. "Good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, forward thinking and really make their campus an enjoyable place to be.

    Cons

    Lots of lip service. Use of buzz words like "leadership", "culture", "empower"; but very little action in some areas.

  8. "Still the place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, generally stable environment.

    Cons

    Crazy political. CYA mentality at the upper tiers, not out of the box thinking at all. Follows trends rather than cuts new paths
    A few people with power pretend to care about others, really out for themselves.
    Dying business because management isn't interested in new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hitching the wagon to cable, find new subscription sources.


  9. "ESPN"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at ESPN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun job working in sports

    Cons

    Not very good pay or benefits


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Marketing Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Service Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Service Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESPN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid amount of Money

    Cons

    Lots of confusion from the top down in terms of leadership, and blurred lines for responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    solidify responsibilities


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